Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The president of the African Union has written a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, asking for an immediate military intervention in Mali.
Yayi Boni, the president of Benin who is also the rotating head of the African Union, said that any reticence will be interpreted as a sign of weakness by the al-Qaida-linked fighters currently controlling northern Mali.
In a report circulated to the Security Council, Ban said Wednesday that the plan put forward by the AU for a military intervention “needs to be developed further” because fundamental questions on how the force will be led, trained and equipped remain unanswered.
Boni’s open letter stresses that Africa is counting on the U.N. to give the rebels an ultimatum. And to make clear the need for a military intervention.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.